By priority population

Data source: Public Health Ontario Laboratory HIV Datamart
 

Key points

  • Overall, the majority of new HIV diagnoses over the past decade were consistently gay, bisexual other men who have sex with men – accounting for just over half of new diagnoses each year. About a quarter of diagnoses each year were African, Caribbean and Black.
  • Compared to males, a higher percent of female diagnoses were African, Caribbean and Black, Indigenous and/or people who use injection drugs.
  • Between 2011 and 2016, there was a doubling in the percent of female diagnoses who were Indigenous and/or people who use injection drugs.
  • Go here for more information on priority populations and how new diagnoses are assigned to a population.

 

Figures

Figure 1 Percent of new HIV diagnoses by priority population (where known), both sexes, Ontario, 2011 to 2016


Snapshot: The percent of new diagnoses has consistently been highest among gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (GBMSM), followed by African, Caribbean and Black people (ACB), at-risk women, people who use injection drugs (PWID) and Indigenous. Between 2011-2012 and 2015-2016, the percent PWID increased from 9.0% to 13.1%. See Table 1 below for data.


Figure 2 Percent of new HIV diagnoses by priority population (where known), males, Ontario, 2011 to 2016


Snapshot: The percent of new male diagnoses has consistently been highest among gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (GBMSM), followed by African, Caribbean and Black people (ACB), people who use injection drugs (PWID) and Indigenous. Between 2011-2012 and 2015-2016, the percent PWID increased from 8.7% to 10.8%. See Table 1 below for data.


Figure 3 Percent of new HIV diagnoses by priority population (where known), females, Ontario, 2011 to 2016


Snapshot: The percent of new female diagnoses has consistently been highest among African, Caribbean and Black people (ACB), followed by people who use injection drugs (PWID) and Indigenous. Between 2011-2012 and 2015-2016, the percent ACB decreased from 65.8% to 50.9%, PWID increased from 10.5% to 22.4% and Indigenous increased from 3.5% to 7.3%. See Table 1 below for data.
 

Tables

Table 1 Percent of new HIV diagnoses by sex and priority population (where known), Ontario, 2011 to 2016

Notes: Data provided by Public Health Ontario Laboratory. GBMSM=gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men; ACB=African, Caribbean and Black; PWID=people who use injection drugs. Percentages based on a subset of diagnoses where race/ethnicity and/or country of birth were known (approximately 65% of diagnoses).